If like me you prefer to watch anime in their original language, and you think manga look so much nicer in Japanese script than in English, then you need to learn some Japanese. It's not the easiest language to learn admittedly, with 3 different alphabets and many different ways to read one kanji, it can sometimes seem impossibly difficult, however there are some things that make it "easy" so let's focus on them first.:
Japanese words don't have a plural form, so no need to learn that, also they don't use articles (the), so that's easy too. They also use a lot of "borrowed" words, so if don't know the word for something, you can always try saying it in English with a Japanese accent (for example: aisu kurimu= ice cream). Now for some more difficult stuff...
Japanese is written in a mixture of three basic scripts: Kanji, Chinese ideographic symbols, Hiragana and Katakana, two phonetic alphabets (syllables). There are a few thousand Kanji characters, while Hiragana and Katakana have 46 each. Although there is a basic rule for when to use which script, there are many exceptions, and what’s worse is that words written in Kanji have often multiple pronunciations, depending on the context or conjunction. Generally speaking, kanji represents blocks of meaning (nouns, stems of adjectives and verbs) and hiragana expresses the grammatical relationship between them (endings of adjectives and verbs, particles). Katakana is used for foreign names, the names of foreign places and words of foreign origin.
Here are some useful japanese words and phrases and some pictures to go with them. Some of them are perhaps less useful than others, however as I designed the pictures, it's more what I "like" than words that are actually "useful"! More pictures will be added as I do them, please also check out and like my facebook page.
Click here for some basic Japanese grammar lessons.